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The Shine Dome - part 2

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 4 May 2016 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Shine Dome (named after Professor John Shine) is home to the Australian Academy of Science. A Canberra landmark since its construction in 1959, the Shine Dome has received numerous awards and is one of seven projects the Royal Australian Institute of Architects has nominated to the World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture.

The dome - roof, walls and structure combined - dives down into the still water of its moat to give the sense that it is floating.

Designed by architect Roy Grounds, the building was described as being of "unconventional, futuristic design". It is popularly known as the Martian Embassy - a very apt nickname given that is was created in the visionary scientific era of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.

SONY ILCE-6000 1/320 second F/8.0 ISO 200 24 mm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Pas d'image, désolée.
Belle journée. )

4 May 2016 5:46am

@tataray: I have reloaded the image - hopefully you can now see it.

Martine from France

C'est encore plus beau en couleurs.

4 May 2016 7:00am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I've got to say it looks much better with the wonderful tree in shot . .

4 May 2016 8:08am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Elle est bele ta photo mais une préférence pour la N&B avec ce magnifique ciel

4 May 2016 8:10am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful frame, colors, lights & textures!
Lovely graphics!

4 May 2016 9:08am

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal


4 May 2016 9:48am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful colors !

4 May 2016 10:32am

Toscana from Baden, France

Judicieux d'avoir laissé l'arbre en premier plan sur cette photo !
Bonne journée, amitiés.

4 May 2016 11:51am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the "floating" idea! I do like this architecture with sleek curves.

4 May 2016 4:38pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Another great capture of this Martian embassy!! The moat must give the illusion of a floating UFO. The tree helps give a sense of scale as I thought yesterday's post made the building appear dwarfed.

4 May 2016 5:02pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting structure and cool tree in the front.

4 May 2016 8:38pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

A fascinating structure Stephen

4 May 2016 9:38pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful photo of this very lovely building. It can hold its own even in this age of towering buildings.

4 May 2016 11:38pm

@Steve Rice: Very true about the building holding its own. Hard to find the best angle now because unfortunately the longer view, looking out over the top of the Dome and across Lake Burley Griffin, is now blocked by high-rise development on the lake shore. That was the vista and postcard scene common in many historic photos.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I didn't see the moat before. That is so interesting. It gives the feeling that the structure is floating. A fabulous image!

5 May 2016 1:05am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


5 May 2016 7:58am

1/320 second
ISO 200
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